Large Vein Removal (Ambulatory Phlebectomy)
Ambulatory phlebectomy may be a readily available option for those suffering from varicose veins. This surgical, minimally invasive procedure is used to remove these bothersome veins and allows the patient for a quick return to normal activities.
Often, Phlebectomy is performed in conjunction with Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) to address the deeper veins. The long-term results for the two treatments are advertised as very effective. First, Dr. Levine does an ultra sound evaluation of the leg veins to evaluate the vein structures to determine the origin of the varicose vein. Local anesthesia is then used to numb the area. Small punctures about 1 millimeter are made next to the target varicose vein. A specialized hook is used to latch on to the vein which is then removed. Typically stitches are used to close the tiny incisions which are left in for a week. To help the healing process, Dr. Levine prescribes post-operative compression stockings. Following the procedure, wearing the prescribed compression stocking to compress the area is recommended for 1 week (2 weeks for EVLT with Phlebectomy).
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